February Tidings (and a note from the Queen)

KCC Students!

February is a weird month being of short duration and yet full of fun Black History facts and holidays dedicated to former presidents. In the spirit of the month, we would like to share some wise words from The Queen herself (no… not Prince William’s mother).

We are referring to the Queen of Soul, Ms. Aretha Franklin:

“Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well.”


We must R-E-S-P-E-C-T and heed these words. Civic engagement is very important here at Kingsborough Community College because everyone should take an active interest in their communities. Not solely through volunteer work, but also through advocacy for important issues such as affordable housing, the climate, education initiatives (universal Pre-K anyone?), and laws surrounding food production. The Service-Learning Team has a natural bias towards service-learning because these projects provide students with opportunities to serve communities and a chance to engage in long-term conversations and action to get the needs of those communities met in a long-term sustainable way.

So the Queen has spoken and we have co-signed. If we have successfully got you interested in service, take a look at some available service projects:

  • Neptune Family Services: Be a K-12 Tutor in an after-school setting or if you are bilingual, an ESL Tutor, helping parents learn and understand English, giving them the ability to navigate their children’s educational needs.
  • For students interested in health-care related service projects, sign up for New York Methodist or Maimonides Medical Center. Both hospitals give volunteers the opportunity to interact with patients!
  • Junior AchievementBe a NYC Teacher for a Day. No prior experience required. Teach elementary school students about financial literacy. This project counts as one (1) Civic Engagement event.
  • drawchange: Spend one (1) hour each Saturday assisting in art-therapy based workshops for children ages 4-8. The workshops focus on empowerment, creativity, and self-esteem. No art experience required, just a heart to serve!

That is just the tip of our program’s iceberg. Stop by C-102 to get information on these programs as well as others.

Don’t worry, we have a big Spring semester planned, so be sure to check back with us often for updates! “Jump To It” !


Book Review

The Service-Learning team hopes this post finds our Kingsborough students well (If not, talk to us!)

In the midst of searching for meaningful service experiences for students, we found time to read “The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days” by Michele Weber Hurwitz. The book tells the story of a young girl who devotes her summer to performing random acts of kindness.


Why did we read this book and decide to share with you all? Because unknowingly, our protagonist Nina Ross exemplified what it means to be a service-learner! Let us explain:

Nina started out summer feeling lost, however, despite the things going on in her life, she observed that a fellow human being had an unfulfilled need (her neighborhood was injured and unable to plant her marigolds). So she decides to anonymously plant the flowers. What starts out as one good deed spirals into a mission of service throughout her neighborhood.

With service-learning, individuals use their skill sets and resources to provide unique meaningful service to others. Here, Nina with limited financial resources, still manages to positively touch the lives of those around her, with the help of ingenuity and creativity.

Service-learning is designed both to serve a community and teach the service-learner about his or her self. Nina learned a great deal about herself, her family, and her neighbors from her mission. A lot of this was accomplished through her daily reflections. In service-learning, reflection allows an individual to track their progress and the lessons learned along the way!

Bonus Points: Nina’s acts of kindness were so effective that her neighbors began to lend a helping hand to each other. Any service-learning project is extra valuable if the person(s) can create long-term change in his/her community!

To learn more about Nina’a experience, visit your local library and pick up a copy of the book. To experience the joy of service firsthand, stop by C-102 for a list of current service projects.

**Do not forget to follow us on Twitter (@KCCService) and like us on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MeaningfulService) for up-to-date information on all service opportunities.

New Year, More Service!

Happy New Year (2016) Everyone!

On the Kingsborough campus, we are well on our way into the winter semester. With MLK Day of Service fast approaching, the Service-Learning Team will be reflecting all month long on the importance of service-learning.

For starters, here are some words about service-learning from a guy famous for playing a cyborg assassin (Ironic, no?)

“Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring your own life.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Swartz

This is a reminder that service-learning is more than providing a service to someone else. When you find a service project that you can relate to, either for career or personal reasons, you gain wonderful experiences that can last a lifetime.

Don’t take our word for it though. Stop by C-102 and see what service-learning opportunities are available.

“We’ll be back”.

Award Ceremony & Upcoming Service Opportunities

Hello All,

Last week, we honored 80+ Kingsborough students who completed service projects all across Brooklyn. The award ceremony included a call for continued service and afforded these service-learners the opportunity to share their experiences with each other. Below is a picture of a few of those scholars:

Group Picture

As we close this semester, the Service-Learning Team is already looking towards the next semester full of possibilities in terms of service. Here are some upcoming events to keep in mind:

  • MLK Day: This is nationally recognized day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. While most service opportunities with volunteer organizations are already full for this day, the S-L team is currently recruiting students for service. Details on the project soon to follow. Date of Service Project: Monday, January 18th, 2016.
  • Junior Achievement for a Day: Do you have an interest in teaching? Do you enjoy working with children? Did you miss the opportunity to serve last semester? Junior Achievement for a Day is on for the spring. This is a unique opportunity to teach in a NYC classroom for one (1) day. This service project is CE certified. Stop by C-102 to add your name to the list. Training and event dates are TBD.
  • drawchange: This is a NEW! service opportunity open to students of all majors. Service-learners will spend an hour each Saturday at a Brooklyn art studio assisting in art therapy for children, with a focus on empowerment and collaboration. For more information or to sign up, stop by C-102. Start Date: Saturday, January 9th, 2016.
  • Reading Partners: Here is an opportunity to work one-on-one with students from low income families to help them increase their reading ability. This program is ongoing throughout the academic school year. Stop by C-102 for additional information.

**Do not forget to follow us on twitter (@KCCService) and facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MeaningfulService) for up-to-date information on all service programs.

Tis’ the season of finals and the S-L team wishes all KCC students a happy holiday season!

Junior Achievement Deadline is Approaching

Hello Everyone,

As we head into November, so does the deadline to be apart of Junior Achievement for a Day.

JA Logo

In collaboration with Junior Achievement of New York and National Grid, we create the opportunity for KCC students to connect with local elementary grade students through a day of classroom facilitation on topics ranging from financial literacy to community values.

This opportunity is open to KCC students of all majors. No prior experience working with children is required. As a JA Scholar, you are provided with training and resources to effectively teach and engage their students.

Note: Participating in this project counts as one (1) Civic Engagement credit. 

There is still time to stop by C-102 to sign up and learn more information about Junior Achievement. The deadline is Nov 5th.

JA Picture

What is Service-Learning?

As a college student, there ware a variety of ways to explore future career options!

What is service-learning?

As a service-learning scholar, you are granted the opportunity to use what you learn through your academic coursework to solve real-life problems by working with one of Kingsborough’s community partners. While fulfilling needs within the community, you are granted the opportunity to gain direct, hands-on experience in a career field.

How is service-learning different from volunteerism and internships?

Volunteerism places the emphasis on the communities being served. On the other hand, students gain the most from internships, walking away with relevant career experience. With service-learning, EVERYBODY WINS! The community benefits through the service of a S-L scholar. At the same time, the scholar gains valuable life-long knowledge to use during his or her professional career.

Are there benefits to participating in KCC’s service-learning program?

  • Enhancement the learning of values, citizenship, and leadership skills
  • Learning workforce skills (this experience can be added to your resume!)
  • Developing contacts within Kingsborough and the community
  • Creating and fostering connections with people of diverse cultures and lifestyles
  • Provision of support (training and resources) from the Service-Learning Team at KCC

Okay, I’m interested, what do I have to do?

  • Be present, prompt, and positive at your service site
  • Complete field hours; complete duties agreed upon with service site
  • Actively learn about the service organization and the community being served
  • Reflecting in writing on the service-learning experience

Can you tell me about a recent service-learning project at Kingsborough?

Absolutely! Project A.C. E. partnered with a KCC art professor and her students to unite victims of domestic violence and their families by creating a “Tree of Life”. The students designed Illuminating Lanterns, each displaying a victim’s name; the students planned and coordinated every aspect of project.

ACE Design 2011 46

For more information about service-learning opportunities, stop by our office in C-102.

Hope to see you soon!

Service Opportunity

Junior Achievement for a Day @ P.S./I.S. 206

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to team up with your peers and PLAY/teach children in your community?

If you are interested in helping young people succeed, sign up to participate in Junior Achievement for the Day on Friday October 24, 2014 from 8:30 am to 3 pm!


Students are required to attend 3 days of training that will have the following :

  • Meet a representative from JA New York who will go over the interactive activities that you’ll be using to teach your class using age appropriate materials provided to us by JA
  • Etiquette workshop with a Career Specialist  (you will receive a certificate of attendance for the Etiquette Workshop)
  • Working with kids and positive reinforcement
  • FUN!!  FUN!!  FUN!!


Mandatory Training Dates:

Friday, October 3, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

JA Day will be on October 24th (We will meet at PS/IS 206)

Training will be held at Kingsborough Community College Room C-216


JA for a Day Location:

P.S./I.S. 206 (Joseph F. Lamb)

2200 Gravesend Neck Road,

Brooklyn, NY 11229


To sign up or for more information please call (718)368- 5115 or visit us in C- 102

Today’s Reflection

This spring I was fortunate to discover that JA for a Day can change your outlook on life forever. In particular, Junior Achievement confirmed my desire to work with children and inspire them to fight for their dreams and to love school.

However, when I signed up for Junior Achievement in a day, a service learning program in   which you have the opportunity to teach children concepts and topics they aren’t familiar with, I didn’t know what to expect. In particular, I believed that I would make a fool out of myself and that children would think I was awkward because to them I was a boring adult. However, those thoughts were just useless fears. In fact, I told myself that all I needed to do was connect with my inner child and that way they’d appreciate me.

Indeed, after three weeks of training and preparing with other school mates, I was prepared to spend a day with the children. The class they assigned me and my group partner was a first grade class, a word that can sound fearful to anyone who starts a first teaching experience.

However, as soon as I was in front of the classroom, I beamed and my heart was filled with joy at the presence of such fantastic six-year olds who thought I was a teacher and who wanted to hear what I had to say. In particular, there was one little girl who always requested my attention and at the end of the day, when she hugged me goodbye I knew she was happy I taught her something new. That experience made me feel as if I was not only a mentor, but also a proud older sister.

Service learning changed my life because it allowed me to discover that I always want to work with children in the future, and in particular that I want to inspire them to become leaders, teachers, doctors, writers and anything they want to be.

If I had to encourage anyone to participate in service learning, I’d tell them that this volunteering opportunity allows you to make a difference in children’s lives and if you love children or teenagers, this program will help you inspire them.

Epifania Gallina

Faculty: Mandy Fraley and Bridget Ofori

Service Opportunity with Junior Achievement and PS206